Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Giannetti Decides to Switch Parties

Read the story here. State Senator John Giannetti (D-District 21), also known as Senator Speedo and Senator Lawyers, Guns and Money, is switching parties to take another swing at reelection from Prince George's County.

Apparently, the state's "sore loser" law (you can't run again if you lose a primary) does not apply if a primary winner decides to bow out. Sounds like a loophole that needs closing. Why have primaries if the parties can bait and switch afterwards?

Giannetti is an embarrassment, and the fact that he has been welcomed by the GOP is a statement on the Republicans more than anything else. No self-respecting Democrat should even think about voting for Giannetti, and since there are twice as many Democrats as Republicans in D21, Rosapepe should win this with ease.

Here's an interesting question that the Post article doesn't answer: what does Mike Miller think of all this? He supported Giannetti pretty heavily in the primary, is he now going to support Rosapepe, including with money if necessary? Inquiring minds definitely would like to know the answer to that one.

This election season just keeps getting weirder and weirder.


Blogger Bruce Godfrey said...

I think technically there is no sore loser law, only deadlines for filing that largely create the same effect. A party nominee may bow out up to a certain date, or otherwise be replaced if he dies, etc., if I recall correctly.

9/27/2006 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger Lee Fang said...

Giannetti is more than just an embaressment now

9/27/2006 03:56:00 PM  

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